Photo Op at Purple Skunk, Through Woods to Hot Springs, Over To Coast, In The River, Wild Duck Dinner at Louies, Skateboarding, Now In Ft. Bragg…

Purple Haze

I left on a month-long photo trip four days ago. Here’s a picture of moi with Lizzie, proprietor (and skater) of The Purple Skunk skateboard shop on 5820 Geary (near 23rd Ave) in San Francisco. It’s the Northern Calif. mecca of longboards, with maybe 20-30 at any one time that you can take out and cruise around the block. I’m their, ahem, oldest skater, and this was a shot for a skating magazine.

I’m holding my short board, Lizzie’s got her Loaded (oak) deck with big wheels

Check it out, girls! Ad in Concrete Wave, great Canadian skateboarding mag

War Sukz!

Truck parked on Jones Street, San Francisco, 6/30/06

Hot Springs At Dawn

I got to the hot springs area at 4AM and walked down the path in dappled moonlight to the springs (which shall remain anon-y-mouse for various reasons). The hot pool is so hot, you could not take it 2 degrees hotter. It gets yr. attention. Zap! Then into cold pool, and you have a layer of warmth insulating you from the cold. Dawn came slowly, there were sweet-smelling flowers, creeks trickling, and a profuse bird population of this canyon made morning music that was thrilling. And it’s just what’s there.

Then around 6:30 AM I suited up and skateboarded 1-1/2 miles downhill on a county road with smooth pavement and little traffic. I had to jump off a few times, but there were stretches where the slope was just right and I could cruise and carve.

What a way

To start the day!

Sun Ray Kelley’s Yurt/Temple In The Woods

Sun Ray Kelley’s magnificent 50′ X 80′ temple of natural materials nears completion. This is one of the feature buildings in the book on carpenters I’m doing now.

Three Days At Louie’s On The River

Louie’s bathroom

Left, Bannister decoration; right, Lying on one of Louie’s workbenches: antique Channellock/Grip=Lok vice grips nthat can be operated one-handed. (Louie welded the pipe fitting on for fitting into palm of hand.) Unique tool, I just ordered an old one on the web. $65.

Louie says wood cut in the round like this cutting block always splits, so you open up a crack and let it dry out, then inset a wedge.

Skating This Morning

There’s a half-mile downhill near Pt. Arena, little traffic, smooth pavement and I got into full battle gear (helmet, and knee, elbow and hand guards) and skated twice on my short board, then got into longboarding (a 43″ Eastwind board from Portland), and loved the stable feeling, cruising in style . I kept hiking back up for more runs. Now I’m in Fort Bragg, at a fast Wi-Fi connection (bless their hearts) at the Cookie Company, great coffee, hisoric old building, now heading up to the “lost coast” and a solar-powered barbecue on the 4th of July.

More to follow as I head north. Going in the spirit of Godfrey’s blessing of last year that “May your trip be fraught with adventure.” Life is rich out here on the road.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Photo Op at Purple Skunk, Through Woods to Hot Springs, Over To Coast, In The River, Wild Duck Dinner at Louies, Skateboarding, Now In Ft. Bragg…

  1. Loyd..
    You stopped by the Point Hudson Boat Shop, Port Townsend, yesterday, July 12th and left some books. Im an old Bolinasite, Jenifer Turney, Im not sure if you remember me ? I moved up here many years ago but I spent my younger years in Bolinas. Renee Doe is a friend, perhaps Lesley remembers me . Anyway.. , I work at the boat shop and for various contractors about town. An architect, Ross Chapin, whose brother owns the boat shop you were in has told me you are his hero. He would very much like to meet you. I would like to say hello also. Ross is involved in building small sustainable communities, and his results have been quite well recieved up here. So if you get this and are traveling back through call me 360 385 6080.

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